Ruby Beech Elected Vice President Designate of the Methodist Conference

Ms Ruby Beech has been elected Vice President Designate of the Methodist Conference. She will begin her year of office at the 2007 Methodist Conference, which meets in Blackpool in July of next year.

Mansfield-born Ruby is Assistant Serjeant at Arms in the House of Commons. Member of "Christians in Parliament". She is passionate about living and sharing the Gospel of Jesus and about Social Justice and celebrates the Methodist Church as an open and inclusive Church whose ministers and lay people have nurtured her faith. Ruby is a member of World Methodist Council, on Finance and Evangelism committees. She is a church Council member and Youth worker in Ruislip Church and a Local Preacher. She was Co-ordinating Secretary from 1998 - 2005. Ruby's Connexional work includes Stationing, Resignations and reinstatements, and Resourcing Mission committees.

Ruby started her career with British Home Stores, before moving to the Peugeot Talbot Motor Company. She held roles in the public, private and voluntary sectors including being Industrial Relations manager of a foundry, Director of Personnel at both the YWCA and the YMCA as well as Assistant Principal of a College in London. Ruby has an MBA from Aston University and is a Member of the Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development

Ruby says "I feel honoured and somewhat over-awed to be invited to serve the Church in this way. It is fabulous for me to have the opportunity to work closely with Martyn Atkins in these key roles for the Church as we continue to try to discern Our Calling in the 21st century".

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